I used to be terrified of dogs when I was young. Couldn't be in the same house or walk on the same street as one.
Then I owned two and love them more than anything.
I used to be blonde because I thought that attractiveness was surely related to the lightness of one's hair.
Then I went dark and stopped caring what others may prefer.
I used be scared of the idea of living alone. It was never my plan, and it wasn't something I ever wanted.
Then things changed, and now I crave it and can't wait to have a space that is my own.
I used to have everything planned out - my entire life was on a timeline, and every milestone was scheduled by my own (and others') expectations.
Then I took a detour years ago, and now I have no idea what'll happen next. It's a clean slate that I'm excited for.
I used to be afraid to be myself, and I often withdrew and allowed others to control situations. I thought I had no right to take charge or be proud of my quirks and personality.
Then I realized that I was wrong. I am who I am, and I'll let everyone know it. There's no one I need to impress or cater to.
I used to fear everything.
Now? I'm slowly learning to welcome change and turn the fear into curiosity, a challenge to overcome before moving onto the next.
A person is made up of so many different sides. Constantly evolving and becoming who we truly are, regardless of circumstance and sources we can't control.
I'm not who I was before.
I'm so much better.
David Bowie predicted it, and he is never wrong.